No holiday season is complete without a festive gathering. Egg nog? Check! Christmas cookies? Check! Ugly sweater? Check!
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But hosting a holiday bash can be a challenge if you have guests with food allergies.
According to emergency room specialist Baruch Fertel, MD, partygoers often come into the ER during the holiday season because they’ve unknowingly eaten something they’re allergic to.
At these larger gatherings, sometimes we find that people put an ingredient in, that they thought was innocuous, and as it turns out, someone else there had an allergy.
“We do see a little bit of an uptick in food allergies around this time of year from those different dishes and foods that people are not necessarily used to,” Dr. Fertel says.